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October 1944

PROGRESS IN ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY FOR 1943 A REVIEW PREPARED BY AN EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONSVII. CONDITIONS INVOLVING THE ELBOW, FOREARM, WRIST AND HAND

Arch Surg. 1944;49(4):258-261. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1944.01230020266008
Abstract

The Elbow Joint.  —A critical review of 51 wounds involving the elbow joint received in the third Libyan battle in the summer of 1942 is submitted by Buxton.225 The routine treatment is described, and a statistical study has been prepared, largely from form questionnaires. There was no fracture in only 3 cases. There was great variety in the types of injury to the bone. A primary diagnosis of injury to 14 nerves in 12 patients was made. Paralysis of 2 ulnar nerves was diagnosed later. Of these 16 lesions of nerves, 9 had healed in four months or less. Five had healed in less than seven months, and the end result in 2 was not known. The damage was caused largely by hemorrhage and edema. Many of the nerves recovered their function before the wounds had healed.In all cases operation was performed more than eleven hours after injury.

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